Joan Bibelhausen, has served as Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers since 2005. She is an attorney and is nationally recognized for her work in the lawyer assistance and diversity and inclusion realms. Joan has significant additional training in the areas of counseling, mental health and addiction, diversity, employment issues and management. She has spent more than two decades working with lawyers, judges and law students who are at a crossroads because of mental illness and addiction concerns as well as well-being, stress and related issues.
Joan has developed and presented numerous CLE and other programs throughout Minnesota and nationally, and has written on mental health and addiction, implicit bias and mental health, career and life balance and satisfaction, stress, diversity and inclusion, marketing and other issues of concern to the legal profession. She is active in the MN State Bar Association, Hennepin and Ramsey County and American Bar Associations, and MN Women Lawyers, among others. She has served on the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and its Advisory Commission, She has chaired CoLAP’s Education Committee and its 2016 Conference Planning Committee. She has chaired the MSBA Life and the Law Committee and the HCBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and has co-chaired the HCBA Diversity Committee. She represents the disability perspective on many bar-related diversity committees and initiatives, including the MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Council. Joan also served on the MSBA Board of Governors and HCBA’s Strategic Planning and Leadership Institute task forces and currently serves on the board of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance.
Joan coauthored “Reducing the Stigma – William Mitchell College of Law – Spring 2015“, published in the Mitchell Hamline Law Review (Vol. 41, Issue 3), and frequently writes for Minnesota and national bar publications. She was recognized by Minnesota Lawyer with a 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Award for her work regarding implicit bias and mental health in the legal profession.
Chase Andersen, Esq., Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers’ newest addition, has always been committed, both personally and professionally, to assisting individuals in need. Chase received his B. S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in English from the University of South Dakota located in Vermillion, South Dakota. Following undergraduate school, Chase worked several years in the social services arena as a counselor and then as a social worker. In 2006, Chase earned his J. D. (with a Concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution) from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. Since then, Chase has practiced in the private sector and understands the challenges and stressors facing law students and attorneys.
Chase has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin, Ramsey and Anoka County Bar Associations, the Minnesota Association for Justice (formerly known as the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association) and other professional and community organizations and associations. He has served as a Co-Chair for the Minnesota Association for Justice’s Family Law Section and has facilitated and participated in several continuing legal education programs. In 2014 and 2015, Chase was honored as a “Rising Star” attorney by Super Lawyers Magazine and was recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a 2014 North Star Attorney for his pro bono legal services. Chase also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of South Dakota’s Alumni Association. In his spare time, Chase enjoys running, golfing, bicycling, traveling and spending time with his friends and family.
Annette Erbst joined Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers as its Administrative Assistant in 2008. Annette has an A.S. in Accounting, an A.S. in Management, as well as significant additional training in nonprofit technology.
Christina Robert, Phd, LMFT is our newest Case Manager with LCL. Chrisina has been a mental health practitioner and Marriage and Family Therapist since 1995. Her background in mental health includes working with children, couples, individuals and families in a multitude of therapeutic settings ranging anywhere from in-patient psychiatric units to health care clinics to private practice therapy.
Christina has a BA in English and German from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, an MA in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University of MN and a PhD in Family Social Science and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Minnesota.
For the past 6 years Christina has also become familiar with the life of family law attorneys as she provided services to divorcing couples and assisted with post-decree work. In her private practice Christina offered services such as custody evaluations, expert witness, PC/PTE, SENE and mediation. She also provided therapy and coaching to co-parents and divorcing couples. In adition, she worked with collaborative law attorneys providing divorce coaching and child specialist services.
Christina has also worked extensively with immigrant and lower-income communities, including the Latino community in Minneapolis and various immigrant and low-income communities through the Ramsey County Volunteer Mediationn program. Christina is passionate about providing services to marginalized and underserved communities.
Recently Christina has become more involved in understanding and implementing the practices of mindfulness meditation. She welcomes the opportunity to bring these skills and interests to LCL.
Christina has been an active member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Association of Family and Conciliation Cour5ts (AFCC) and the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.